Cultural dialogue in culinary motion

Upcoming art performance Poets in the Kitchen is a part of the Culture Days Weekend, which will take place on September 29 alongside the Journey of a Salmon exhibition where artists explore the epic life cycle of salmon. The event will be hosted by Johnny Trinh and feature spoken words poets Johnny MacRae, Anjialica Solomon…

Brotherly relationship

Directed and performed by Aryo and Arash Khakpour, Cain and Abel is a physical, movement-heavy performance inspired by the biblical story. The show, set to perform at the Firehall Arts Centre from October 3–6, takes a look at our society through the lens of the rivalry and violence between the most famous pair of brothers…

Psychedelic sounds of a Japanese rock collaboration

Psychedelic rockers Kikagaku Moyo bring their wavy, kaleidoscopic sound to The Imperial on Oct. 6. Since forming in 2012, the Tokyo-based five-piece band led by drummer and vocalist Go Kurosawa has released three full-length albums, with their 4th upcoming record, Masana Temples, set to release on Oct. 5. Kurosawa became involved in music at a young…

Home sweet home

Vancouver-based artist Germaine Koh describes her work as “An attempt to be attentive to the poetics of daily life.” With the help of the City of Vancouver, Koh plans to show Vancouverites how poetic their city really is. Known for her See–Saw Seat off of Main Street, Koh plans to impress her audience with an…

Silence, suspended

Ontario-based artist Xiaojing Yan, known for fusing together traditional Chinese artistic techniques with contemporary practices, will be presenting In Suspended Silence, an installation work based on symbolism. Yan’s first solo art exhibition in Metro Vancouver will run Sept. 14–Nov. 10 at Richmond Art Gallery ( RAG). “This exhibition will be a unique experience” says Xiaojing Yan.…

Afrobar: setting the bar high

Hailing from Uganda, Afrobar, a young singer-songwriter with a soulful voice, came to Canada just three years ago. He has already made a splash in the local music scene and made it to one of the top five finalists in the Cumberland Music Festival Artist Challenge this summer and was recently on the radio with…

Paintings of an immigrant – Art with a big heart

What makes a place home? Immigrants straddle the line not just between continents and oceans, but also between their past and their future, constantly reconciling their definition of home. As they look at the world through their own lens, they see and feel differently. As the proverb says, ‘home is where the heart is.’ Chito…

Nikkei Matsuri: A celebration of Japanese heritage

Joining in the celebration of Japanese heritage, the Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre will be holding the annual Nikkei Matsuri Summer Festival from September 1–2. Roger Lemire, Nikkei Centre’s executive director, shares his experience with various cultural aspects. He first explains what the term “matsuri” means to him. “It basically means festival. And in…

All about that immigrant bass

Desi Sub Culture performs immigrant bass music. Their South Asian fusion sound mixes Punjabi folk songs with global beats. The name Desi Sub Culture is an homage to the Asian Underground in 1990s UK. It is also related to the fact that they are “Desi’s doing stuff off the beaten path” as Sanjay Seran, the vocalist of the…

Chocolate tasting workshops

Chocolatier and sommelier Geoseph Domenichiello will be hosting workshops on chocolate tasting July 29 and Aug. 20 in order to offer Vancouverites a new perspective on chocolate. Domenichiello has worked as a sommelier since 2007, trying to bridge the gap between good quality chocolate and consumer. While developing his styles as a sommelier, he noticed…

Food forest – a Japanese approach to permaculture

In 1975, Japanese farmer and philosopher Masanobu Fukuoka wrote The One-Straw Revolution, a bestselling book that shared his views on agriculture and the natural world. Among other things, it has had a lasting influence on the development of the permaculture philosophy. On July 15 the Kerrisdale Community Centre will host Fukuoka’s Food Forest, a workshop that…

Substance on screen: A different youth oriented film festival

Reel 2 Real International Film Festival for Youth is celebrating its 20th anniversary by holding its first ever free outdoor screening at sunset (July 13). The film they have chosen for this event is the animated feature, Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet co-produced with Bardel Entertainment. Written and directed by Roger Allers (The Lion King), the film intersperses…

A festival of Russian friendship

Alik Schastlivenko wants to tell Canadians about his country. He wants to hear about Canada too and about other countries, about the food, music, dancing, and culture that make all people who they are. “When we open our eyes and ears and try to be a little bit flexible,” says Schastlivenko, “we can understand each…